Alias/Extra Address - disable login from secondary yahoo email address

Discussion in 'Yahoo Mail' started by foggy, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. foggy

    foggy Valued Member

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    Hi,

    I know Yahoo allows free users to create one extra address (alias) and recently I tried to do this, but I did so thinking that I could use that alias as my primary Yahoo address (for Yahoo message boards, etc.) and then use the main address/username for logins only. That's the way I do things at FastMail (only using aliases for communication and keeping the secret username address for logins only). I figure if I alone know the password AND the username/address it makes things at least a little more secure (less likely to be hacked).

    Well, to my surprise (and disappointment) after signing up for the extra address, Yahoo had a page saying proudly that now I get to sign in with this second address if I want to !! :eek: That's exactly what I don't want to do !! I want the alias/extra address to be invalid for logins so that I can keep my main Yahoo address/username private.

    Is there any way to 'switch off' the permissions so that the extra address can't be used for logins ? (I couldn't find anything in Yahoo's Mail help, but maybe someone else has an idea.)

    Thanks ! :)
     


  2. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    I am not aware of a way to disable logins from secondary yahoo aliases.

    That is an interesting idea for the use of that feature though.

    I sent a note to Yahoo asking both for them to confirm the login via secondary aliases can't be disabled and that it be added to the feature request list.

    I'll reply here with the response.
     

  3. foggy

    foggy Valued Member

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the response !

    FWIW, while you're waiting for an official reply from Yahoo, I went ahead and signed up for an extra address (which I have already deleted from my account there, so no need to worry about spammers seeing it here :D) and got the following screen after completing the form. Notice the second item.

     
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    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    A quick tip for using email questions. If you are worried about spammers getting an email address that is posted don't try to obfuscate it. The forums automatically turn any email addresses into images to help avoid bot scraping. That probably works better than the standard adding spaces, replacing @ with [at] or . with [dot] etc. For example : joe@example.com
     

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